Special Event Day – Concert 3 – Mittendrin

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher et al.


Sun, 18403

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

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CHF 15 adults

CHF 10 reduced

- Tickets priced at CHF 10 for children and students up to and including age 29 are

- 20% discount off three concerts on the Special Event Day – to be purchased by telephone or in writing (order form)

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018







    KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

    Special Event Day – Concert 3 – Mittendrin

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher et al.

    Participants in the Conducting Fellowship  conductors
    György Kurtág (*1926)
    Stele for large orchestra

    Normally, the roles are clearly divvied up: the orchestra sits on the stage, the audience in the hall. But on the Special Event Day, everything is different, and you are suddenly in the thick of things instead of just being there. Two concerts will allow you to take a seat between the musicians and experience everything from a completely new perspective: the orchestra’s perspective. For once, you will not only listen to the sounds but also simultaneously observe at close range how they are produced. What signs does the conductor give, how do the musicians communicate and interact with one another – or how do they pass the time when they have nothing to do? And since music from the 20th century is on the program, there will be much to observe indeed. Yet that’s not all: both concerts are designed as one-hour-long moderated workshops. Each work in question will be heard twice, with elucidations between each performance.


    Founded in 2003 by the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez and the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is an internationally unique training institution devoted to the music of the  20th and 21st centuries. Some 130 young, highly gifted musicians from all over the world have convened there every summer since then to extensively study contemporary scores and Modernist classics in daily rehearsals, workshops, and lessons, which they subsequently perform. More than 1,000 graduates have attended the Academy over the past 14 years, many of whom have even participated for several summers. Since 2016 the German composer Wolfgang Rihm has served as Artistic Director, with Matthias Pintscher as Principal Conductor alongside him. They are supported by a team of internationally renowned performers of contemporary music who work as instrumental coaches. Under this new leadership, the Academy has expanded its offerings. In 2017 the Composer Seminar is taking place for a second time; here young composers discuss their works with Wolfgang Rihm and have a practical opportunity to rehearse them with ensembles of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI. The Master Class in Conducting was expanded into a Conducting Fellowship that offers its students a chance to follow the work of the Academy over a three-week period. This summer the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is performing three symphony concerts under Heinz Holliger and Matthias Pintscher; with Pintscher it will tour to Cologne and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie in September. The Academy students are also appearing in several ensemble concerts, such as programs for the Special Event Day on the theme of “Identity,” with composer-in-residence Michel van der Aa and “artistes étoiles” Jay Campbell and Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and as part of the 40min series.

    August 2017

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    Matthias Pintscher

    Matthias Pintscher has been permanently associated with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY since 2016 as its Principal Conductor. Born in 1971 in Marl in North Rhine-Westphalia, he regards composing and conducting as complementary spheres of his artistic work. He studied composition with Giselher Klebe and Manfred Trojahn; Hans Werner Henze was also among his mentors, as was Peter Eötvös, who additionally taught him conducting. Pintscher quickly advanced to become one of the most successful composers of his generation: his music theater works Thomas Chatterton and L’Espace dernier received their premieres at the Dresden Semperoper and the Opéra national de Paris, respectively, and his orchestral works have been premiered by the Berlin and New York Philharmonics, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra. As a conductor, Pintscher has led such ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; in February 2018, he made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and in June comes his debut with the London Symphony. He has been affiliated with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as artist-in-association since 2010, began his tenure as Music Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris in 2013, and in 2020 will serve as director of the Ojai Music Festival in California. The Hamburg Elbphilharmonie presented him as composer-in-residence and artist in focus during its inaugural season. In this capacity, he performed there with the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Matthias Pintscher teaches composition at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on13 August 2010 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a program of works by Fauré, Chausson, Wagner, and Ravel

    February 2018

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    Package discount for the Special Event Day! 
    When you purchase a minimum of three different Special Event Day concerts, you will receive a discount of 20% on each ticket. You can purchase this package discount by telephone or in writing.  (In addition to the price for the tickets, fees are due of CHF 10 for processing your order.) All information can be found on the order form.

    The Special Event Day for Young Listeners
    Children and primary, secondary, vocational, and university students up to and including 29 years of age can purchase discounted tickets for the Special Event Day at CHF 10. (In addition to the price for the tickets, fees are due of CHF 10 for processing your order.)